english football

the legend of golden balls

How David Beckham Became Football’s First Truly Global Brand

Though many players of the nineties and noughties were at least as iconic as Beckham, and some more talented, ‘Golden Balls’ broke the corporate mould like no other. Here’s how he ceased to be a footballer and became a brand instead.
Will Magee
7.7.17
football kits

Why Are People So Obsessed With New Soccer Kits?

Despite the fact that kit launches are little more than PR stunts and the strips themselves are increasingly generic, the circus which surrounds the arrival of new kits still thrives. Why are we still interested?
Will Magee
7.5.17
the transfer window

The Semi-Definitive Guide To Transfer Window Cliches

From ‘swoops’ and ‘raids’ to summer war chests, here’s a concise summary of all the bollocks football fans will have to hear this transfer window.
Will Magee
6.27.17
top flight tinnies

When Manchester United and Liverpool Launched Their Own Lagers, and Failed

While it may seem implausible now, some of the biggest clubs in England once attempted to brand their own tinnies. Accused of encouraging hooliganism and drunkenness, they were forced to back down.
Ryan Herman
6.19.17
caribbean football

Searching For The Caribbean Soul Of English Football

Over the past half a century in particular, the cultural exchange between England and the Caribbean has been enormous. Nowhere is that statement more true than on the football pitch, and in England’s professional leagues.
Will Magee
5.26.17
dirk kuyt

5 Years and An Eredivisie Title Later, Liverpool Fans Still Love Dirk Kuyt

Despite a fairly average goal tally and only one major trophy in six years of service, Dirk Kuyt is a character who resonates with Liverpool fans and, vice versa, seems to appreciate the Scouse way of life.
Will Magee
5.16.17
somaliland national team

The Somaliland National Soccer Team Needs Recognition More Than Acclaim

In representing a country that remains unrecognized by the international community, the Somaliland national team are making a statement both on and off the pitch.
Will Magee
5.12.17
antisemitism in english football

Trying To Get Our Heads Around Mark Bosnich’s Nazi Salute At White Hart Lane

While most people remember Bosnich as the cherubic goalkeeper with the stonking cocaine habit, his most controversial moment in football is often overlooked or ignored.
Will Magee
5.4.17
north london non-league gems

Introducing Enfield Town, England’s First Fully Fan-Owned Club

In between the footballing titans that are Arsenal and Tottenham, there is a lesser-known North London club which better appreciates the value of its supporters. In fact, they own the place.
Will Magee
5.3.17
i keano

​The Roy Keane Conundrum: Fragile Masculinity and Selective Nostalgia

Given the dominance of the Manchester United side he captained, it is easy to conflate Roy Keane's aggression with his ability to motivate. But this does not mean that his brand of ultra-masculine football would work in 2017.
Tom Victor
5.2.17
in conversation with tony fernandes

Tony Fernandes on Football Fandom and Attempting To Build The New QPR

Despite QPR’s up and down showings under his tenure, Tony Fernandes is one of the more popular owners in English football. We spoke to him about the mistakes of the past and his new vision for the club.
Will Magee
4.25.17
the North South divide

How London's Economic Dominance is Strangling Soccer in the North-East

London's status as the centre of finance, culture and politics affects every other part of Britain, but nowhere more than the north-east. This is reflected in the region's football clubs, which are struggling to compete with their southern rivals.
Alex Hess
4.24.17
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